Drakkar holds off Sea Dogs late charge to take 3-0 series lead
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar edged the Saint John Sea Dogs by a 6-5 score in Game 3 Tuesday night at Harbour Station.
Saint John opened the scoring when Mark Tremaine banged a loose puck into the back of the night just 1:54 into the game. Spencer Smallman and Jakub Zboril got the assists.
The Drakkar responded at 8:10 as Nicolas Meloche put a wrister past Sebastien Auger to knot it up at a goal apiece. The power play marker was assisted by Jeremy Gregoire and Frederic Gamelin.
Five minutes later Vaclav Karabacek scored his first of the post-season to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Tobie Paquette-Bisson and Maxime St-Cyr notched helpers.
With under two minutes to play in the second, Adam Bateman stepped into a slapper and fired a bomb past Philippe Cadorette to knot it up at 2-2 heading into the intermission. Assists were handed to Smallman and Tremaine.
In the third period Baie-Comeau started to run away with it. First it was Simon Desbiens scoring a little over two minutes into the final frame, with assists to Vaclav Karabacek and Samuel Thibault, giving the Drakkar a 4-3 lead.
At 11:55 the lead was pushed to 5-3 with a goal from St-Cyr, his second of the playoffs. Meloche and Beaudry added helpers. Mathieu Desautels put the Drakkar ahead 6-3 two minutes later with assists to Gregoire and Karabacek.
One minute later Samuel Dove-McFalls responded by finishing off a two-on-one beating Cadorette with a quick wrist shot. The goal came unassisted at 14:15.
It took only a minute for Gregoire to restore the three-goal lead for Baie-Comeau putting home a loose puck in the crease. Luca Ciampini and Thibault assisted on Gregoire’s first playoff marker.
As we past the 18-minute mark, Smallman gave Saint John a glimpses of hope with his first playoff goal of 2015. Tremaine had the lone helper.
The Sea Dogs weren’t giving up yet and it was not until there was 12.7 seconds left on the clock that Mathieu Joseph’s sharp angle shot beat Cadorette to cut the deficit to 6-5. Tremaine added to his point total with another assist on the goal.
It was too-little too-late for Saint John as the Drakkar didn’t allow them to get a chance in the dying seconds and held on to grab a 3-0 strangle hold on the first round best-of-seven series.